Re: poly: Why Oldies Stations?

From: Perry E. Metzger <>
Date: Fri Apr 03 1998 - 10:44:04 PST

Robin Hanson writes:
> >To elaborate on 2), many activities, particularly fashion, play a
> >role in sexual selection. If one has already made a mate choice,
> >it may make sense to redirect efforts away from such fields.
> I'm glad you mentioned this; I realized I forgot to add it on the way
> home last night. But then the interesting question is what is it
> exactly about being up one the latest food and music fashions that
> makes a mate attractive? Does it signal that one is socially connected
> and hence popular, and hence likely to have other attractive qualities?

If one is socially connected and popular, one has lots of
possibilities in mates, which is desirable.

Thus, the question is not "why would one desire to be socially
connected and popular", but, "why would being up on the latest food
and music fads help make one socially connected and popular?"

Or, to put it another way, "why is it cool to be cool?"

Received on Fri Apr 3 18:49:34 1998

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